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A Guide to the Land Office Commonplace Book, 1876
The "Land Office Commonplace Book" is a GLO staff imposed title for this volume with no title. A commonplace book is a compilation of different kinds of information centered around a theme or subject. In the case of this book, the theme appears to be Veterans and lands granted to them. It is unknown what the specific purpose of this book was. However, written in the inside cover is "James E. Lucy, " a captain in the Texas Rangers assigned to investigate land-title fraud cases. It is possible that this book was created for his use or modified for his use. There are a number of pages missing near the end with the final pages having nothing to do with veterans or land grants.
The Land Office Commonplace Book is a compilation of information related to Texas Revolution and Republic military veterans and lands granted to them. The sections of the book are broken up by military group or by battle fought in. Each section lists a soldier's name and some information; many entries are blank, some note where and when the soldier died, and some list land holdings. Towards the end of the book, there are transcriptions of legislation relating to land, a section about the legislative history of Texas Counties, and a section on the fees of the General Land Office. The scope of information in the volume lends itself to the theory that this commonplace book was used as a means of investigating land claims.
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Land Office Commonplace Book (LGR.LOC). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.